College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Biology
WELCOME TO MY HOMEPAGE!
Dr. Juan Luis Mata
Department of Biological Sciences, LSCB 124
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Phone: 251-460-6331 (leave message)
I was born in a middle class family raised by two microbiologist parents. Born in the
, but with Costa Rican blood, I spent my childhood in USA and finished high school and completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology in Guatemala . Then, I was accepted at the Costa Rica where I earned my Ph.D. Since 2004 I have been at the Universityof Tennessee , in Universityof South Alabama , Al. Mobile
Since my sophomore year at the
, I had decided I wanted to study mycology. Thanks to my mycology professor, I learned about a project on biodiversity of macrofungi that was about to start in Universityof Costa Rica . After an interview with the project PIs and passing the admission exam I was accepted in the graduate studies program in biology. My master's thesis dealt with taxonomy and ecology Agaricales mushrooms in an Costa Rica on the slopes of Poás Volcano. This study was based on a three-year plot sampling inventory. As a graduate student, I was lucky to meet a well-known mycologist who later became my academic mentor. At the UT Knoxville, my mycological research culminated in a Ph.D. dissertation on fungal taxonomy and systematics of the mushroom genera Lentinula, Gymnopus, and Rhodocollybia from the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. At UTK, I continued as a postdoc rounding data for morphological and phylogenetic studies of worldwide Gymnopus and allied genera. I also started to study the Megacollybia platyphylla species complex, a project that is still under way. oak forest
, I have started fungal surveys in the USA , mostly in forested areas near Mobile River Basin . Also, I continue with monographic studies of collybioid genera. And, gradually I am becoming more involved in ecological, physiological, and genetic studies with the American Shiitake (Lentinula raphanica). Mobile Bay
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